Iraq Watch

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Daesh recruits children and teenagers to carry out their atrocities. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
13:58 GMT
A teenager recruited by Daesh surrendered himself and his explosive belt to Iraqi authorities after refusing to carry out his mission to bomb a Shia mosque.
Locals report the regime dropped "crude barrel bombs" on residential and industrial areas. (AFP/Getty Images)
07:06 GMT
Airstrikes on Daesh-held towns resulted in at least 50 deaths, of whom the majority are suspected to be civilian.
A Peshmerga fighter stands with weaponry at a Kurdish checkpoint in northern Iraq, August 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Eight Kurdish fighters along with 20 Daesh militants were killed during clashes Friday in Iraq's Sinjar region, a source from the Peshmerga forces said.

December 25, 2014

German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer documented chilling accounts of live under Daesh rule in Mosul. (Image: The Independent)
07:00 GMT
When German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer documented Daesh activities in Iraq's Mosul, he entered a horrific world of child soldiers, a fundamental interpretation of Sunni Islam and a lot of tension.
The Iraqi city of Hit has been under siege by Daesh militants, according to local sources. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Daesh militants allegedly attacked the city of Hit in Iraq's Anbar province with chlorine gas strikes, according to an Iraqi security source.

December 24, 2014

Daesh fighters are believed to have gathered in the south of Baghdad to receive salaries when the attack took place. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
A suicide bomber targeting Daesh militants killed at least 33 people and wounded 55 others in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad Wednesday.
Some 500,000 people fled Iraq's Mosul after it was seized by Daesh in June, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
At least two million Iraqis have been internally displaced because of Daesh violence across 2,049 districts in the country throughout 2014.

December 23, 2014

Bassem Youssef was named one of "100 most influential people in the world" by Time magazine in 2013. (AFP/File)
18:31 GMT
Bassem Youssef and his company Q-Soft were fined millions of dollars by The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration for poking fun at Egypt's military leaders.
Daesh has collected 23 million pounds from the sale of pilfered artifacts from churches in Nabaq, according to a report by The Christian Post. (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT
Sources claim Daesh converted churches into torture chambers and sold stolen holy artifacts on the black market.
A Yazidi woman sits in Kurdistan's Bajid Kandala camp, after fleeing Daesh violence. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
Yazidi girls continue to be tortured and sold as sex slaves by their Daesh captors, but now more details have emerged from the victims; women and girls are killing themselves to escape rape.
Twenty-two airstrikes hit Daesh targets across Iraq and Syria, according to the US military. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT
US-led forces launched a series of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, hitting Daesh targets, the American military said.

December 22, 2014

Peshmerga and Iraqi forces have been battling Daesh militants since June. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT
Kurdish fighters have pushed deeper into the flashpoint northwestern Iraqi town of Sinjar in their battle with the ISIL, or Daesh, militants, who have held sway over the area for months.
Dozens of Daesh militants were killed during the operation to retake the town of Al Wafa, according to the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT
Iraq's security forces retook the town of Al Wafa from Daesh militants in the country's western Anbar province Sunday.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces inspect the remains of a vehicle bearing the symbol of Daesh after it was hit by a US airstrike, north of Mosul. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT
Forty Daesh militants were killed by US-led airstrikes in Iraq's Anbar province while at least five people died in two separate car bomb attacks in the country's capital, Baghdad.

December 21, 2014

Jürgen Todenhöfer, who interviewed Assad in July 2012, will publish a piece on his "10 days in the Islamic State" tomorrow. (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT
Jürgen Todenhöfer spent ten days on-the-ground in Daesh territory and was the first Western journalist to get such close access.